Europe´s leading digitisation experts met in the Innviertel
50 companies from 16 countries are involved in the EU Boost 4.0 project. Fill Maschinenbau from Gurten is also involved.
The overriding goal of the Boost 4.0 project "Big Data for Industry" is to make the European manufacturing industry more competitive and efficient through digitization. The Upper Austrian machine engineering company Fill is involved in this project. Fill is leading a work package which includes two pilot projects on the topic of "smart digital engineering". On 9 and 10 April, the international consortium met at Fill Maschinenbau in Gurten for a six-month general meeting. The Spanish company Innovalia is in charge of the overall project. Project manager and coordinator Dr. Oscar Lazaro was enthusiastic about the progress of the project.
Gurten, 18 April 2019 - The importance of the Boost 4.0 project can be measured by the fact that it is being run by the European Commission as a lighthouse project. In the overall project, Fill is leading a work package on "smart digital engineering". Using state-of-the-art means, data from control devices and sensors will be stored on TTTech´s industrial PCs "Nerve", which are installed in the plant, by means of production systems installed by Fill at partners such as VW and Benteler. From there, the data is sent to a cloud for further processing by various partners. This architecture with the necessary software services, protocols and above all secure data connections was developed by the technical project manager of Fill Dr. Matthias Grimmer and presented to the consortium on April 9.
Digital solutions made by Fill
The product, which runs under the title "Fill Cybernetics", networks the machines in the customer´s factories. It extends them with intelligent algorithms, which significantly increases the profitability and quality of production. Fill is thus heralding the digitalization of its customers. They can digitize their production on the data market, Industrial Data Space, a standardized platform with new software products. This innovation in the manufacturing industry is called among other things industry 4.0 or smart production. "These terms sometimes seem difficult to grasp and somewhat alien. However, the ongoing changes in this field can no longer be stopped. Through our participation in international projects such as Boost 4.0, we are at the forefront in this area. This benefits not only our company but above all our customers," explains managing director and owner Andreas Fill on the fringes of the conference.
Upper Austrian hospitality
The international guests of the meeting could enjoy real "Innviertler flair" in the evening after intensive working rounds. In the rustic Loryhof a barbecue evening was held. The regional delicacies and the rustic ambience inspired the digitisation experts. When Fill employee Manuel Vöcklinger played his accordion, the evening became an experience for everyone.
Fill is an internationally leading machine and plant engineering company for a wide range of industrial sectors. State-of-the-art technology and methods in management, communication and production distinguish the family-owned company. Its business activities include metal, plastics and wood for the automotive, aviation, wind power, sports and construction industries. The company is the world market and innovation leader in aluminum core removal technology, foundry technology, wood band saw technology and ski and snowboard production machines. Andreas Fill and Wolfgang Rathner are managing directors of the company, founded in 1966, which is 100 percent family-owned and employs around 850 people. In 2018, the company achieved a turnover of around 160 million euros.
Photo 1: After intensive meetings the participants enjoyed the Innviertler hospitality. Dr. Oscar Lazaro, Innovalia, Manuel Vöcklinger and DI Harald Sehrschön, Fill Maschinenbau (from left).
Photo 2: Around 70 participants from 16 countries met in Gurten to discuss the project.
Fill Machine Engineering